What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
Hmmm….let’s see, I think that with each release, that book becomes my favourite because it’s so fresh in my mind. I do love TAPPED for a lot of reasons. I am a fan of menage romances as long as the “menage” part is kept somewhat realistic from an emotional standpoint. This one is that, times a thousand! I also love how deeply ingrained in the craft beer business this book is, without being overwhelming with the “business” that might bore readers. My editors beat all of that out of me!
Of All time, I think my favorite book I’ve written is something call FAMILY LOVE. It’s novel #4 of The Love Brothers series and contains the backstory for the family that makes up that series, from the woman’s perspective for the first half and the second half is from the perspective of the only sister in the family.
What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
I’ll admit I’m sort of old school and could re-read The Story of O, Madame Bovary, and Fear of Flying over and over again (and I have, actually, to draw inspiration.) As for contemporary authors, I enjoy reading Joey W. Hill, Desiree Holt and Laura Kaye (but I don’t read paranormal).
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
From life, really. I enjoy watching how everyday people interact in various situations and then going “what if…?” and jumping into made up stories from there.
Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
Nope, unless you count dragging my laptop with me everywhere I go. (I sell houses for my paying job and love it, but it comes with some built-in downtime I use to write every chance I get.
Where’s your favourite place to write?
Anyplace that is available to me at the time. However, I have been known to get super inspired on long airplane flights!
Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
I really love Evelyn Benedict, the lucky lucky lady at the center of TAPPED. Not only does she get the be the one in the middle of the hot dude sandwich eventually, she is not taken in by Austin Fitzgerald’s awesomeness without giving a lot of consideration to his motivation. In short, she thinks first, then falls in love. You don’t get a lot of that in books these days.
Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out? Yes, they do. “Go for it. Especially if you get as rich as EL James doing it!” Well, that hasn’t happened of course, but you get the idea.
What was your ideal career when you were a child?
I read and re-read the James Herriot country vet novels a million times so that was going to be my dream job for a lot of years. Luckily, my youngest is pre-vet in college so I might get to experience it vicariously.
How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
I don’t get long blocks of time to do it so all it takes is me glancing at my calendar, then my watch, then my proposed publication schedule and if there is time, I’m off to the races!
What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
ALWAYS GET EDITED! And I say it to beginners again and again. It’s discouraging to realize so many people skip this step flat out.
Which author, erotic or otherwise would you love to meet and why?
Margaret Atwood and Stephen King!
What’s your favourite genre within erotica and why?
Menage—but I’m super picky—I want the emotional connections to be realistic and not super fantastical.
What are you working on at the moment?
I just turned in book 2 (LightStruck) of the Brewing Passion series. I’m taking a bit of a break to promote Tapped and sell a few houses. Then I’ll pick up where I started book 2 (Conditioned) and right after that I’m writing a trilogy of novellas for my Love Brothers series.
What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
Having a brand new novel of mine make it all the way to a senior editor’s desk at a New York publisher…while it is still sitting there…I worked my tail off with the acquisitions editor for months to make it perfect so he would read it. Fingers crossed!
“Austin?” Her voice behind him made him stand and stretch, his cock already tingling in anticipation. “Where did you go? Jesus, what time is it? Get your ass back here.”
He grinned. “Think you can just boss me like that, woman?” He leaned on the door frame, drinking her in with his eyes. “Because you can’t.”
“I’m not bossing, dear. Just suggesting.” She let the sheet fall aside, revealing her completely naked body. His smile widened when she bent one knee and reached down to touch herself. “You know, only suggesting that you get your sweet self over here and help a girl out.”
He grinned, yanked off his shirt and shorts, and dove into the warm nest of sheets and Evelyn. The frustration at her most recent rejection was already forgotten in the amazing smell of her skin and the lovely sound of her moans as he did what she suggested, for an hour or two.
Later, when they lay tangled in damp sheets, catching their breath, their fingers clasped together between them, Evelyn sighed. “So, tell me something,” she said. Austin forced himself up to full consciousness as best he could.
“Hmm,” he said, turning to face her, taking in the flushed, well-fucked look on her face with more than a little self-satisfaction.
“How is it…I mean, with two, um, guys and a girl?”
Austin hesitated, then put her knuckles to his lips, buying himself some time.
She pulled her fingers free of his, sat up and wrapped the sheet around herself. One thing about his Evelyn, he mused, watching her. He would never accuse her of being indirect. About anything.
“Don’t baby me, Austin. I mean it. I want to know.”
“I have no doubt that you want to know, my love.” He propped himself on one elbow and ordered his thoughts.
“Don’t think about it, damn you. Just…tell me.” She swept her hair up off her neck, making his mouth water at the sight of her flushed skin. Making him want to grab her, hold her down, lick the sweat droplets and lose himself in her all over again. “Yo, earth to lover boy,” she demanded, snapping her fingers in front of his face. “Spill it. What’s it like? I mean do you… Would you… Oh hell, never mind.” She turned and started to climb out of bed before he reached out and grabbed her arm.
“Hang on a second. I don’t mind telling you. I guess I didn’t expect you to want to know. Most…women…aren’t that into it.”
She let him pull her back into the warm bed and curled into him so he was pressed up against her back, his lips on her bare, delicious shoulder. “Stop it,” she whispered. “Tell me what it’s like to have sex with a woman with another guy in on the act.”
He sighed and held onto her. “It’s…pretty amazing,” he admitted. “I mean, I can’t speak for the women I’ve… We’ve…well, you know what I mean.”
When wealthy brewery owner Austin Fitzgerald meets sexy saleswoman Evelyn Benedict, angry sparks fly. They seem destined to clash, until a hot hookup in a cold beer cooler changes everything.
For Austin, it’s a life-altering moment that sets him on a path away from his birthright, while Evelyn must face her fears about committing to a man considered the playboy of the micro-brewing world.
The power of preconceived notions nearly tears them apart—until they meet up with brew master Ross, who opens their eyes to a deeper, even more erotic connection. But three strong personalities don’t always make for the best emotional mix and when a simple misunderstanding causes chaos, it’s up to Ross to repair the tattered shreds of their relationship.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.
Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance for Real Life,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”). More recently she is garnering even more fans across genres with her latest novels, which are more character-driven fiction, while remaining very much “real life.”
With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.
Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily injury.
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